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1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The cat and the dog

An allegory about a festive feast to which only horned animals are invited.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The exacting playmates a Gola story

A tale about an exacting playmate who gets gobbled by a "'doosoo,' or bugaboo man," as punishment from making his friend retrieve from the belly of a fish a certain set of beads dropped in the river.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The man from the sky

A short fable about a man named Sejeo, who one day "came to the earth to cut palm nuts" and ended up inciting a "war among the beasts and birds and never has it ceased."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The bill-horn and the chameleon

A short fable in which a bill-horn and a chameleon argue over who was created first; the bill-horn prevails by lamenting that the "grave-like shell on his head" is the burial place of his late mother.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Two brothers and their medicine horns

A short tale about two brothers who manage to rescue their kidnapped sister from a giant "doosoo" with plans to devour them all.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers